U.S. House District 5

Jahana Hayes

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David Xavier Sullivan

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Party: Republican

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Bruce Walczak

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Party: Independent Party

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Age: 72

Marital Status: Married 28 years

Current Residence: Newtown

Current Job: President Relocation Consultants

Previous Job: VP Prudential Real Estate and Relocation

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Education: Colgate U. major economics

Despite statements to the contrary by various individuals, PPE has remained in short supply throughout the country. If elected, how will you ensure that every state and US territory is provided with enough medical supplies and capacity to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the next one(s)?
It is unacceptable that these supplies continue to be in short supply. With a second wave of the Covid around the corner I would encourage congress to request the President to use the Defense Production Act to insure adequate supply of PPP to essential works and the general public.
The coronavirus has placed a tremendous strain on the healthcare system, and the rise in unemployment has resulted in many people losing their health insurance, amplifying disparities in access to health care. If elected, what would you do to help the healthcare system and all the people who need it? Would you expand coverage with a public option or a Medicare For All concept, something else, or nothing?
The Covid has exposed the U.S. health system as in adequate, and biased. We need a system which offers reasonably priced health care to all residents, whether in the form of insurance or a Medicare for all type system. The key is to get Congress to agree on working towards a solution rather than the current deadlock and inaction.
Do you agree or disagree with President Trump's recent decisions to label certain American cities as "anarchist," and to send federal agents – uninvited by local authorities – into cities such as Portland, Oregon? In your opinion, is this a legitimate use of federal force and rhetoric, or is this an overreach?
No I don’t agree. States are responsible for their citizens safety and if they need help they can and will ask for it. This is an unacceptable political act and should be condemned.
The pandemic has led to massive changes in our workforce, with many jobs disappearing entirely, at least for now. If elected, how do you envision reshaping the workforce to create new opportunities for those whose jobs have evaporated – for example, in restaurants and bars and throughout the service sector?
We well build back. Once people feel safe the economy and jobs will come back. We should continue to provide assistance to companies and individuals affected with economic assistance and adjust as the economy builds.
COVID-19 and the resulting recession have increased the number of people who qualify for Medicaid just when state revenues are dropping. Will you support more relief for state Medicaid programs to continue coverage levels and ensure access to providers?
Yes, it’s an absolute necessity.
The coronavirus is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, bringing with it, massive ongoing disruption to all of our systems, from food supply to employment to health care to education and more. From a broad perspective, how do you holistically envision addressing this crisis in the long-term?
Each Federal Agency must have a division to plan and address future pandemics. We need to engage The World Health Organization and other International organizations to prepare and coordinate our response.
Many Americans are now calling racism a public health crisis in our country, with policy implications and disparities across multiple sectors like law enforcement, residential zoning, healthcare access, employment, and educational equity, among others. What measures must Congress take to address racism and its impact over many generations in America?
First and most important is we must have a national conversation about racism lead by the highest levels of national and state elected officials. That discussion must lead to non-partisan solutions which can then move thru Congress and then be enforced on both a national and state level.
What measures do you support to help protect voting rights this year and for the years ahead, within the context of the pandemic and post-pandemic voting?
I believe that we need to re-tool our election system. All eligible individuals should have the option of voting in person, by mail, or electronically. The goal should be to impower the most people as possible to vote.
Do you agree or disagree with President Trump’s directive for all schools to return to a full schedule this school year? What parameters and/or process do you endorse in making decisions involving the operation of public schools in the age of COVID-19?
How we structure the return to schools today and as we progress through this crisis should be left to the states and local school boards. The Federal and State governments should give guidance to protect the health of all, based on science.
The world is facing an impending climate emergency. With the US spending more than the next 10 countries combined on our military budget, do you think that it is important that we transition some of those resources to combat and build resiliency ahead of a predicted global climate catastrophe? How can Connecticut’s existing engineering, manufacturing, and technical project management expertise be transitioned to address that next emergency before it is too late?
Climate change is real, and it has far reaching implications for our survival. We must re-join the Paris Accord and lead the world in addressing this issue. The US and other world powers will need to prepare to spend huge amounts to correct our current issues and assist developing countries to avoid our past and current mistakes. The time horizon is short, and we must begin to develop policies and practices to reverse this trajectory. Ct can lead in technology to be a leader in solutions, creating jobs and an entire industry.